SNAP

This program enables SNAP or Food Stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to purchase healthy, fresh, and locally produced food at farmers’ markets. SNAP recipients can purchase vegetables, meats, milk and cheese, honey, breads, baked products, and even seeds or seedlings for food-producing plants! Learn more HERE

Seacoast Eat Local (SEL) accepts SNAP/EBT at our Winter Farmers Markets! These Winter Farmers’ Markets take place in Exeter and Rollinsford from November through April. Dates, times, and location details can be found on our Winter Farmers’ Market page.

Seacoast Growers' Association

We collaborate with  Rochester Farmers Market, Kittery Community Market, Somersworth Farmers Market, and the Seacoast Growers’ Association to offer SNAP at the Durham, Dover, Exeter, and Portsmouth Farmers’ Markets during the summer.

How It Works

At the market, SNAP recipients can choose how much they would like to spend that day on food purchases. A market staff member will then swipe their EBT card for that amount. The customer is then given wooden tokens, that are used just like cash, and can be used to buy food at approved vendors at the market. Learn More about shopping with SNAP

Program Goals

By allowing SNAP recipients to use their federal benefits at the winter and summer farmers’ markets, SEL hopes to create year-round access to local foods. The goal of the program is to not only improve access to fresh foods and in turn improve an individual’s nutrition and health, but also to invigorate the local economy and New Hampshire’s agricultural community.

Common Terms: Learn the Lingo!

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, is the new name for the federal program formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP was established by the Food Stamp Act of 1964, and provides federal assistance to people who are eligible based on income.

Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT, is the new electronic method of payment for SNAP benefits. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, very similar to debit cards, are now used to make purchases for food items in approved locations, replacing the paper voucher system.

Market Match, or Granite State Market Match, or GSMM, is an additional incentive program that matches SNAP customers benefits dollar for dollar, up to the first $10. Market Match Coupons can be used to purchase additional fruits and vegetables at the market. Funding provided by the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) through a regional grant administered by the New Hampshire Food Bank.

For more information, contact: shelly@seacoasteatlocal.org

Support for this program is provided the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and a partnership with Wholesome Wave and the NH Food Bank.

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Volunteer:

Seacoast Eat Local’s newest program is looking for volunteers. Help increase access to local fresh healthy food for low-income individuals and families!

What YOU can do to help
Help at the Market: Volunteers are needed to help at the SNAP/EBT booth to help answer customer’s questions, assist the program coordinator with EBT and debit transactions, and to provide new EBT shoppers with information and a farmers’ market tour.

Tell your Community: Help us promote this program all over the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. We can provide you with posters, fliers and more information to put up in your own community!

Donate: Your donation makes it possible to reach more of our low-income community with healthy, local food. Donate today >

Email shelly@seacoasteatlocal.org to get involved

Interested in starting a SNAP program for your farmers market?

Here are great resources to start with:

Let us know how we can help! shelly@seacoasteatlocal.org